Alpha 9! Leads Toon Honors at Dusty Awards

Jake Armstrong won the top prize for traditional animation for his film The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9! Saturday night at the 20th annual Dusty Film and Animation Festival and Award.

Showbiz luminaries including Kevin Kline, John Patrick Shanley and animator Tom Sito helped present the honors, which were held at the new SVA Theatre, located at 333 W. 23rd St. in New York City.

The festival featured more than 100 films from graduation film, video and animation students at the School of Visual Arts.

The full list of winners follows:

Outstanding Achievement in Film: Ana Maria Hermida for El Elefante Rojo ‘ The Red Elephant.

Outstanding Achievement in Directing: Ana Maria Hermida for El Elefante Rojo ‘ The Red Elephant.

Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Animation: Jake Armstrong for The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting: Justin Rice for Quince.

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Steven Gatti for The Wounded and the Slain and Brian Gonzalez for Wishing, Well.

Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Arys Subiadur and Nicholas Chakwin for Lion Bold.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation Design: Alexander Wager for Juxtaposed.

Outstanding Achievement in Documentary (Film): Ian Phillips and Victoria Rondon for Tumi – The Life and Death of Boitumelo McCallum.

The Human Spirit Award (Film): Ian Phillps for Tumi ‘ The Life and Death of Boitumelo McCallum.

The Human Spirit Award (Animation): Elyssa Digiovanni for Trade Winds.

Women in Film Award: Katie-Madonna Lee for Women’s Prison.

National Board of Review Scholarship Awards: Ross Bollinger for Reward and Lindsay Woods for Pencilmation ‘ both for Animation.

The 2009 Dusty Film and Animation Festival and Awards sponsors included Nice Shoes, National Board of Review, New York Women in Film and Television, CAVA ‘ SVA Computer Store, Avid, Colliers ABR, Eastman Kodak, Future Media Concepts, SCS Agency and Animation Magazine.